Why Won’t My Toilet Flush Properly?

Call a Plumber for Toilet Problems

If you notice a toilet in your home or business is not flushing properly, it’s important to prioritise having it repaired. A broken toilet is not only an inconvenience to you and others who use it, but as your toilet is attached to your septic system, it can be hazardous to the health of humans, animals and the environment if a damaged septic system is not repaired.

Read on to learn 3 possible reasons why the toilet in your home or workplace won’t flush properly including:

  • Problem with the water level in the toilet tank
  • A foreign object has blocked your toilet
  • Large tree roots have invaded your septic system

Problem with the water level in the toilet tank

If the water level becomes too low in the toilet tank, your toilet may have a weak flush. A toilet tank will normally have an indicator of the correct water level. When the water level becomes too low, there is not enough force when flushing the toilet for water to be pushed down the bowl.

A foreign object has blocked your toilet

A blockage is another common culprit of a toilet not flushing properly. Foreign objects often make their way down toilets. For this reason, it’s important to only flush toilet paper down a toilet and avoid flushing wipes, paper towels and even products that are labelled flushable. Children often unintentionally flush foreign object down toilets. When not in use, leave the toilet lid closed to help prevent this occurring.

Large tree roots have invaded your septic system

Major tree root had cracked the 150mm PVC drain

The larger the tree, the bigger the root system. Tree roots go in search of extra water and nutrients which they will find from your septic system. If you have large trees near your plumbing pipes or your leech drain, they may be causing a blockage. If your toilet isn’t flushing properly and you notice a greener patch of lawn in your garden, it could indicate that area is enjoying extra nutrients courtesy of a problem with your septic system.  

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The team are fully equipped to investigate and repair all aspects of plumbing including septic system issues and have the equipment and machinery to inspect and repair damage to plumbing underground.

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